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1 in 6 Cellphones in Britain Contaminated With 'Fecal Matter'
gma.yahoo.com ^ | Oct. 14, 2011

Posted on 10/19/2011 11:21:51 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One in six cellphones in Britain may be contaminated with fecal matter that can spread E. coli, likely because so many people don't wash their hands properly after using the toilet, a new study contends.

The findings also suggest that many people lie about their hygiene habits, according to the researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London.

The study authors went to 12 cities and collected 390 samples from the cellphones and hands of volunteers, who were also asked about their hand-washing habits.

Ninety-five percent of the participants told the researchers that they washed their hands with soap and water where possible. However, lab tests revealed that 92 percent of phones and 82 percent of hands had bacteria on them. The researchers also found that 16 percent of hands and 16 percent of cellphones harbored E. coli bacteria, which is found in feces and can cause serious illness.

The study was released to coincide with Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15.

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KEYWORDS: bacteria; cellphones; cellularphones; contamination; formerlygreatbritain; globalhandwashingday; homosexualagenda; londinistan; oncegreatbritain; uk
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1 posted on 10/19/2011 11:21:52 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There are certain places I feel it’s inappropriate to make a call from...


2 posted on 10/19/2011 11:23:03 AM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

1 in 6? Those phones must belong to the Jihadis in Londinistan.


3 posted on 10/19/2011 11:23:54 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anybody want to take a guess on the percentage of door handles with fecal bacteria on them? My guess is close to 100%.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 11:24:57 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who will dare to sample the hands of the OWS protesters for fecal bacteria?


5 posted on 10/19/2011 11:25:00 AM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"It's no big deal."


6 posted on 10/19/2011 11:25:34 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: rfp1234

Someone needs to inform the Brits that Charmin works better than that Nokia phone.


7 posted on 10/19/2011 11:26:36 AM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

so when they say their phone is sh*t... they aren’t kidding


8 posted on 10/19/2011 11:28:34 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: mgstarr

Monty Python Hygiene Squad was way ahead of their time.


9 posted on 10/19/2011 11:31:38 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If true that is a really crappy finding.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 11:32:08 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: LottieDah

“1 in 6? Those phones must belong to the Jihadis in Londinistan.”

Beat me to it. Perhaps they think the phone in their left hand is better than the left hand alone.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:13 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ChuckShick
"Someone needs to inform the Brits that Charmin works better than that Nokia phone."

Or a corn Cob or newspaper in a pinch. ;-)

12 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:31 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
16 percent of cellphones harbored E. coli bacteria, which is found in feces and can cause serious illness.

This story was written by someone who doesn't understand the issue.

Somewhere around 25% of the billions of bacteria in our intestines are E. coli. Most strains are harmless and indeed essential. The varieties we hear of as killing people are not from human fecal contamination but rather from the gut of herbivores such as cattle or deer that has contaminated food. Human strains will mostly just have no effect.

However, because it is so common in the human intestines and can be easily tested for it is widely used as a tracer organism. IOW, if E. coli is present one can assume others of the many potential pathogens found in fecal material are also present. But the E. coli itself is not the problem.

13 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mgstarr
"Can you hear me now???"
14 posted on 10/19/2011 11:34:57 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
16 percent of cellphones harbored E. coli bacteria, which is found in feces and can cause serious illness.

This story was written by someone who doesn't understand the issue.

Somewhere around 25% of the billions of bacteria in our intestines are E. coli. Most strains are harmless and indeed essential. The varieties we hear of as killing people are not from human fecal contamination but rather from the gut of herbivores such as cattle or deer that has contaminated food. Human strains will mostly just have no effect.

However, because it is so common in the human intestines and can be easily tested for it is widely used as a tracer organism. IOW, if E. coli is present one can assume others of the many potential pathogens found in fecal material are also present. But the E. coli itself is not the problem.

15 posted on 10/19/2011 11:35:54 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I can not tell a lie.
It was me. I’ve been running around Europe smearing poop on everyones cell phone there I can get my hands on.
Yes I did it and I’m proud of it.


16 posted on 10/19/2011 11:36:25 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO ( Real conservative or go fish))
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To: Sherman Logan

Sorry bout the double post. Don’t know how that happened.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 11:37:08 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Da Coyote
Perhaps they think the phone in their left hand is better than the left hand alone.

Actually the Jihadis switch hit while on the throne.

18 posted on 10/19/2011 11:37:34 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Sherman Logan
"fecal matter"

Which is why whenever I use a public restroom, when I've finished washing my hands, I use the paper towel I've dried my hands with (if of course, there's no automatic hand dryer) to shut the water off (if it's still running) and even open the entrance door wth it. Can't be too careful. I've seen too many guys doing their business and then sauntering out of the place without washing. In fact if you're a germaphobe, a washroom that has just paper towels is better than an automatic washroom with no paper towels because you can use the paper towels to open the door.

19 posted on 10/19/2011 11:38:24 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What Dr. Seuss would write if he were alive today: “Horton Hears a Poo”.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 11:39:12 AM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just wipe your phone off people.


21 posted on 10/19/2011 11:42:53 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I can’t believe it. I’m mean, really. Wasn’t the Earth settled in part, by a large group of telephone sanitizers? /douglas adams


22 posted on 10/19/2011 11:43:22 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: driftless2

I have begun to do the same thing. Not quite a fanatic about cleanliness but really try to pay attention to it.

We were taught good hygiene by both our parents and I have always done the normal things but since always using the disinfecting towels at the front of most stores to clean the handles of shopping carts, doing the same as you suggest if using a public toilet and not just washing my hands but washing thoroughly has paid off.

I no longer seem to come down with a cold etc. like I used to. My late wife was also very good about cleanliness.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 11:46:10 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So are 100% of the handrails on escalators


24 posted on 10/19/2011 11:49:31 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: driftless2

You are quite right. I use the same methods in restrooms, when I can.

However, my post was referencing door handles in general, not just bathroom door handles. When was the last time you saw someone cleaning the door handles?

Same goes for stair rails and any other surfaces multitudes of people touch.


25 posted on 10/19/2011 11:54:57 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
Anybody want to take a guess on the percentage of door handles with fecal bacteria on them? My guess is close to 100%.

Especially in SF!

26 posted on 10/19/2011 12:02:11 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: mgstarr

It’s not just poor hygiene, it’s in the air of your house.


27 posted on 10/19/2011 12:05:38 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s what immune systems are for.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Considering how reluctant the Brits seem to be to keep their teeth clean, it isn’t hard to imagine how much worse they are about the OTHER end of the system!


29 posted on 10/19/2011 12:16:13 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: driftless2

It’s not just the guys but the gals who don’t wash afterward. There should be trash cans near the doors so we can pitch our paper towels. Call me a litterer but I leave mine in the floor if there isn’t a trash can.


30 posted on 10/19/2011 12:17:41 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: Sherman Logan
The problem is washing your hands. I wash my hands continually, from bathroom to kitchen. While cooking am cleaning hands and counter top many, many times during preparation and serving.
Tis amazing how many people use public restrooms, leave w/out washing hands.
31 posted on 10/19/2011 12:25:09 PM PDT by rose
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To: Average Al

Naw, that isn’t it. They all have their heads up their arses and so the phones are necessarily contaminated when they hold it to their ears.


32 posted on 10/19/2011 12:30:00 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Potty mouth?


33 posted on 10/19/2011 12:34:34 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“The study was released to coincide with Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15.”

Every day is Global Handwashing Day(or at least should be).


34 posted on 10/19/2011 12:35:46 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: RJS1950

The phones must really smell nice too. ;-)


35 posted on 10/19/2011 12:37:43 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: driftless2

If the urinal flushes automatically and you’ve showered in the morning, during the day when you go to pee, wouldn’t your unit really be cleaner than your hands?


36 posted on 10/19/2011 12:38:53 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I believe the general level of hygiene has declined in the last 50-60 years. When I was in grammar school I never heard of anyone having lice. Now I regularly see treatments for sale, advertised etc.

It might have something to do with the Hippie movement, maybe so many illegals. Maybe the fact that so many diseases can be cured that people don’t have to be as careful.

My guess would be the 50’s was probably the cleanest period in our history.


37 posted on 10/19/2011 12:39:10 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Ditter; Allegra

Michael Berry is talking about this and had the clip of Anderson Cooper being told about it.


38 posted on 10/19/2011 12:50:10 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: LottieDah
1 in 6? Those phones must belong to the Jihadis in Londinistan.

My thoughts exactly. Theirs is a whole 'nother culture.

39 posted on 10/19/2011 1:13:22 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: stuartcr
"unit...be cleaner?"

I urge you to volunteer for that experiment. (chuckle)

40 posted on 10/19/2011 1:33:29 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Look, love, I fell on it in the shower, yeah?”
41 posted on 10/19/2011 1:37:56 PM PDT by RichInOC (Sarah Palin is at war with the left. Most Freepers are just playing the video game.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess the seashell is passe.


42 posted on 10/19/2011 1:41:42 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: yarddog
When I was in grammar school I never heard of anyone having lice.

I don't recall anyone having lice when I was in school (1940s). However, my mother said it was quite common when she was in school (1920s). If a problem seems to go away,people think they no longer have to take precautions against it. So it comes back.

43 posted on 10/19/2011 1:49:55 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: stuartcr

Unit? LOL! So many fascinating names for the penis.


44 posted on 10/19/2011 2:15:03 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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To: stuartcr

Don’t you usually have to flush the urinal by hand?


45 posted on 10/19/2011 2:17:18 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

..to coincide with Global Handwashing Day Oct 15.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I am sure glad the trillions we put into the UN are going to good waste.

(Most) Every time I hear about handwashing and rest rooms, Jerry S.’s friend girls’ father the Pizza maker comes to mind.


46 posted on 10/19/2011 2:25:39 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

..to coincide with Global Handwashing Day Oct 15.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I am sure glad the trillions we put into the UN are going to good waste.

(Most) Every time I hear about handwashing and rest rooms, Jerry S.’s friend girls’ father the Pizza maker comes to mind.


47 posted on 10/19/2011 2:26:51 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: bgill

Same here, I always use a paper towel to open the door when I leave a public restroom. It makes it easy if there is a trash can by the door.


48 posted on 10/19/2011 2:33:45 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: yarddog
My late wife was also very good about cleanliness.

Sorry for your loss. But there is some irony in that statement.

49 posted on 10/19/2011 2:34:53 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One question I alway have when I see stories like this is: does failing to properly wash hands after urinating present a danger of spreading disease, or only after #2? And, is it different for men and women?


50 posted on 10/19/2011 2:41:28 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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